Thursday, February 5, 2009

The "stimulus" package (contd)

The evidence that it is full of pork continues to build--today headlines a piece suggesting that it contains a "taste" of pork, and asking how we define "earmarks"; and the answer is:

"In part, the answer hinges on the definition of an “earmark.” Democrats insist they are nowhere in the plan; Republicans see “pork” everywhere. So we cribbed from criteria Congress laid out in a 2007 reform bill: language that aims spending at specific programs, states or localities, often at a member’s request. Specific location? The Senate stimulus contains $50 million for habitat restoration and other water needs in the San Francisco Bay Area. There is another $62 million for military projects in Guam. Specific industry? The House bill includes an amendment authored by Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley setting aside $500 million for biofuel makers, which he says, would bring jobs home to Iowa. Specific program? There’s $198 million to compensate Filipino World War II veterans for their service. Most don’t live in the United States."

Read the whole thing.